Educational Programs

Observatory Hill EEC provides a range of educational programs tailored to students in NSW Department of Education schools. Students can visit the Centre to participate in excursions around the inner city, or Centre teachers can come to your school to deliver incursion programs.

All Centre programs come with teachers notes, student work sheets, relevant support materials, Risk Assessment Advice, and information regarding meeting dates, times, locations and costs for the school.

Program costs vary depending on the excursion being undertaken and the number of students participating. Public school prices for each program are listed below.

All programs will be charged on a per student basis to support school fee collection, ensure fairness across multiple classes and better align the Centre with other Environmental Education Centre pricing structures. Find out more about our Fee structure 2018.

Non DoE schools can also be catered for. Please contact the centre for non DoE school pricing details.

Primary School Programs             * indicates incursion program

* Come to the Party

Stage ES1 – 1 History

This incursion program focuses on the Personal and Family Histories and Present and Past Family Life History content. Students will learn about change and continuity in traditions and celebrations of birthday parties at three different time periods: the present, the 1960′s and the late 1800′s. An overriding sustainability theme will be the differing ways communities deal with waste over time, and students will be introduced to the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling as a way to reduce waste.

Cost: $7 per student

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* Taking Care of Our Place

Stage ES1 – 1 Geography

This geography incursion program focuses on the K-S1 topics; People live in places and Features of places. The program promotes a caring attitude towards the environment and emphasises ways that students can contribute to environmental quality by undertaking simple actions that reduce their impact on the environment. Up to six classes to be catered for on the one day.

NB: Available to all Primary Schools within approx 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $4 per student

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* Bush Christmas

Stage ES1 – 1 Science and Technology

Bush Christmas is an incursion program that combines story, song and craft to introduce students to Australian animals and their habitats. Students will take part in an interactive Christmas story, learn about the needs of living things in a range of situations and create their own wrapping paper and Christmas present using craft materials. Each class also will receive native plants to help improve biodiversity in their school grounds.

Cost: $8 per student

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Community and Remembrance – The Rocks
Stage 2 History

This program focuses on the ‘Community and Remembrance’ History content. Students will visit The Rocks to see how the community has changed over time and learn about the lives of four children from different time periods. Through story telling, games and site visits, students will learn about the traditional Gadigal Aboriginal people, convicts, former residents of Susannah Place (now a museum), and children from the modern era. A focus is on developing historical enquiry skills, as well as integrating the Sustainability Cross Curriculum priority.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) (plus individual student admission to Susannah Place Museum  – approximately $7)

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First Contacts – Barangaroo
Stage 2 History

This program focuses on the first contacts between Gadigal Aboriginal people and European colonists. Students will visit Barangaroo Reserve to learn about traditional Gadigal Aboriginal culture, and visit a convict archaeological site in Millers Point, and The Rocks Discovery Museum, to learn about early European colonial settlement.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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* Spaceship Earth – Stage 2 

Stage 2 Geography

This teacher led program involves students working through a set of activities in class and a one day field trip to a bushland setting to learn about the natural environment. A capsule from ‘outer space’ will arrive in the classroom containing ‘Snook’, a mysterious passenger. Snook helps the students to discover their own spaceship (earth) and to investigate the needs and problems of Spaceship Earth and its passengers. The 5-6 week program comes with its own unit of work, teaching resources and includes a one-day field trip. EEC teachers will deliver all program materials and brief participating teacher/s on program delivery. Up to two classes can be catered for per teaching pack.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) (includes loan of all teaching materials and one day field trip).

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The Earth’s Environment 

Stage 2 GeographyThe Earth’s Environment” is a Stage 2 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of ‘Why do people value Balls Head Reserve and how can it be protected’? Students will use the Balls Head Reserve and Coal Loader Sustainability Centre site to examine features and characteristics of places and environments, describe the ways people, places and environments interact, examine differing perceptions about the management of places and environments and acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for enquiry.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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The Rocks – People, Places and Events

Stage 3 History

This program is an historical inquiry in The Rocks, an important historical site study. Students use Ipads to create an electronic journal of their investigations into important people, places and events that have shaped The Rocks, and Australia’s identity, during the colonial (19th Century) and modern (20th Century) periods.The student’s files will be sent back to school following the fieldwork.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) 

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Humans Shape Places – Blackwattle Bay

Stage 3 Geography

Humans Shape Places” is a Stage 3 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them? Students will investigate the environment of Blackwattle Bay to describe diverse features and characteristics of places and environments, explain interactions and connections between people, places and environments, compare and contrast the management of different places and environments, and acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry. The program is supported with previsit resources from Urban Growth NSW

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Humans Shape Places – GreenWay

Stage 3 Geography

‘Humans Shape Places” is a Stage 3 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them? Students will investigate the environment along theGreenWay to describe diverse features and characteristics of places and environments, explain interactions and connections between people, places and environments, compare and contrast the management of different places and environments, and acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry. The program is supported with previsit resources from The GreenWay Schools program. 

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

Possible transport cost on the Inner West Light rail line. A student Opal card covers all public transport costs for $7.50 per day.

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Transporting Sydney

Stage 3 Science and Technology

This Science and Technology program focuses on transport systems in the Built Environment. Students will experience a range of transport modes (including train, light rail and ferry), and follow up by designing an effective transport system for a new inner-city precinct. The program supports the Science and Technology Stage 3 Syllabus in the areas of Working Technologically, The Built Environment and Information.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) plus $7.50 per student for an Opal card (this cost covers all public transport costs)

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* Enviromaths

Stage 3 Mathematics

This incursion program uses mathematics to engage students in an investigation of their school’s environmental sustainability. Students will use the Thinking Mathematically strand, to explore the sustainability of their school environment, and will participate in practical activities that reinforce the relevance of maths in everyday lives.

Available to all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $7 per student

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* Watch Our Watts

Stage 3 Science and Technology

This program focuses on the ‘Built Environment’ and ‘Information’ strands of the Science and Technology syllabus to investigate school energy use and raise awareness about energy consumption. Students will undertake energy experiments, learn about different types of energy (including building solar cars), investigate their school’s energy use and design and deliver a school energy efficiency plan.

Available to: all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $7 per student from Term 3 onwards

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Project Flying Fox

Stage 3 Science and Technology

Project Flying Fox’ is an environmental education program that involves students working scientifically and technologically to investigate the Grey-headed flying fox, a local threatened species. Students will visit a flying fox colony to learn about the species, (including common myths and misconceptions), participate in a series of hands-on activities at the colony, and follow up by designing a solution to help conserve the species and raise awareness about it.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Built Environments 

Stage 3 Science and Technology                                                                     

This Stage 3 Design and Technology program focuses on the Built Environment Strand, particularly how people interact within built environments, and the factors considered in their design and construction. Students will visit two built environments, Barangaroo and The Rocks, to identify how people interact with them for a range of purposes, and to identify factors considered in their design.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure).

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